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Dunia Tahir Hameed
Nooray Asghar Hameed


This research is devoted to study the structural ambiguity. By definition, ambiguity is a linguistic phenomenon in which a given text has more than one meaning or interpretation. Thus, this study aims for:

  1. 1. Assessing Iraqi university students’ ability to interpret structural ambiguity at colleges of education/ English departments in three universities Tikrit, Kirkuk, and Al-Anbar.

  2. 2. Finding out the comparison of the students’ ability to interpret structural ambiguity at both the recognition and production levels at the three universities: Tikrit, Kirkuk, and Al-Anbar.

The participants were three hundred and seventy-five undergraduate students in the fourth year of study in the Departments of English, Colleges of Education, University of Tikrit, University of Kirkuk, and University of Al-Anbar. The research was conducted during the first semester of the academic year 2021-2022. The data was gathered by using a diagnostic test to assess students’ ability to interpret structural ambiguity. The results of the study revealed that there are statistically significant differences among Iraqi university students’ ability to interpret structural ambiguity.


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Hameed, D. T., & Hameed, N. A. (2023). Assessing Iraqi University Students’ Ability to Interpret Structural Ambiguity. Journal of Tikrit University for Humanities, 30(2, 2), 19–41.


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